Hi everyone. I've been busy, busy, busy with my new little crowd (the appropriate word choice for 31 students). They are adorable and very well behaved! I'm so lucky!!! This will be a quick post. Thank you for hosting Kacey!
Well, I finally got all the art up on the bulletin boards. It took forever this year. Look at all those little faces. We don't even fit on the designated space!
As always, the kids greet me at the door and then come in and do about ten minutes of quick review at their tables. Right now we're working on our names, numbers and colors. The green, yellow and red lines and a green dot where they begin the formation of their letters has really helped. Nothing new but tried and true. We're learning color words and love this little book. I don't know where it came from and would love to give proper credit. Please, if you know it's rightful owner, let me know!
We've been playing a silly game at the end of the day. In fact, the kids beg for it and it's so simple. It definitely reinforces our lessons from the week.
This week I used shape review cards from Miss Kindergarten ( one of my all time favorite blogs).
I post whatever vocabulary I'm emphasizing on cards around the room. The kids tippy toe( ha!) to one of the cards as I cover my eyes (ha!) and count to ten. I call out a vocab word ( in this case, a shape) and if they're standing under it, they're "out" and have to come sit on the carpet.
Try it with something you really want them to remember. I've used sight words, math concepts, science and social studies vocab and on and on! As silly as it is, they love it!
I was tickled to see my TA wearing an apron out to recess. She's teaching the kids our numeral poem and used the perfect opportunity to reinforce our lesson. She stopped kids at the bottom of the slide, while they were swinging and riding bikes to recite their favorite numeral's poem. What fun for me to watch the kids enjoy the novelty of the apron. It's right at their eye level! I had also forgotten how much kids of all ages at our school enjoy reading whatever I have in my pockets. They stop me in the halls, cafeteria, all over campus to read the pockets. Makes me smile.
Number five is questionable. You may want to skip right over this one. In fact, I caution you. Many of my ideas flop in a big way.
I'm doing something a little different for my writer's workshop that could totally backfire on me. Sort of like the wrapping up of the school supplies mistake.
this year I have little people, as in very young, who have very immature grips and keep asking me what numbers they need to write their name. :) So, in an effort to alleviate writing anxiety and to keep the tears at bay( I hate crying that early in the day), I thought I'd try something I'll refer to as "the secret code" (it's not the first time I've used this technique. In fact, it was shown to me many years ago...). What 5 year old, or 4 year old in this case, wouldn't think that sounded cool? My problem is going to come when the older crowd thinks it's really great to use because it's an easy way to be lazy and not write letters to sound out their words.
If you're brave or just curious, read on so this makes sense...
I tell the kids that I received a letter on Sunday. It's addressed to Aunt Sandy. That would be me. I'll have to explain (lie) that the letter is from my niece and two nephews, who by the way are all college graduates now.
Like I said I haven't done this in years and it could be a huge mistake. I'll keep you posted!
New apron arrivals!
TPT store to see more! We also updated our cards and if you bought the master pack check out the new additions! Warm up your laminator!
I also have a Facebook page now and would love for people to add their own apron pictures! When I get brave enough, I'll post a video of me singing some songs using the apron. I just can't go there quite yet.